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Adventure Travel In Botswana

Botswana's deserts, pans and deltas are some of the last great, untouched adventure wildernesses in Southern Africa and are home to a wonderful array of wildlife. Self drive and adventure safaris in Botswana offer so much. You could head off to see Botswana’s excellent National Parks, drive into the incredible Central Kalahari Desert or go and explore the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta, the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park and the unpredictable Savute Channel.

Botswana is blessed with some of Africa’s most beautiful reserves, adventure travel destinations, and an array of exceptional wildlife. At the forefront of adventure travel, Botswana has sanctioned the Botswana Ecotourism Certification System. The system is designed to encourage and support responsible environmental, social and cultural practices by adventure tourism businesses and make sure they provide a quality eco-friendly product to consumers. 

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Highlights of an Adventure Safari in Botswana

There are so many adventures to experience in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is the worlds largest inland delta system. Either way you look at it, be it by car, boat or plane, it is simply incredible! Chobe offers everything from ants to elephants! The game viewing is superb, all year round too. Renowned for its panoramic views and growing lion population, the Kalahari is a very desirable and adventurous place to travel. Situated over the lowest lying areas of Botswana, the Makgadikgadi is home to two magnificent salt pans. Located on the periphery of the Okavango delta, the Moremi is home to a huge array of wildlife. The Savuti Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up sporadically - a mystery that has intrigued geologists for years. 

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A large part of the allure in adventure and overland travel is discovering and sharing the unique stories, cultures, traditions and different country specific 'local ways’ that each trip uncovers. However, there are times when local first-hand, on the ground knowledge is vital to the successful planning and completion of an adventure trip. Our intimate local knowledge and expertise of the region, its people, cultures, wildlife and specific customs is readily available, inspiring confidence and peace of mind in your adventure to Botswana.

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife. Explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro, on foot or on a game drive. The Okavango Delta is a perfect adventure safari destination.

Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as the river that never finds the sea, the Okavango Delta’s crystal-clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness.

Chobe National Park

Experience some of the best game viewing in Africa. Among the great game reserves of the world, Chobe National Park is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephant on the African continent. Surrounded by wildlife management areas and reserves that allow game to roam freely, the 11 700km² (4 500 square mile) reserve is located in the far north of Botswana, bordering on the Chobe River. Chobe is particularly well known for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as the two antelope that cannot be encountered anywhere else in Botswana, the puku and Chobe bushbuck.

Savuti

Savute, a remote and wild corner of Chobe National Park, stretches from the park’s northern boundaries to the Linyanti River. The area’s main feature is the mysterious Savute Channel, which flows and dries up seemingly unrelated to the rainfall. Dry and arid for almost 30 years, animals in the area were sustained by artificial waterholes.

With the Savute Channel flowing again in recent years, the region has undergone a startling transformation, reverting to its natural lush and marshy state. Large numbers of wildlife have been attracted to this rejuvenated wilderness haven.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The magnificent expanse of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a not-to-be-missed attraction when embarking on a Botswana safari. This is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, offering almost exclusive wildlife sightings.

After the wet season, the reserve becomes a hive of activity for large herds of plains game such as springbok and gemsbok. Visitors will also be treated to wonderful sightings of wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, giraffe, cheetah and the legendary black-maned lion.

During the dryer months, the Central Kalahari reveals wide, desolate pans, which offer exceptional photographic opportunities. The reserve is well-known for providing awe-inspiring star gazing experiences as well as for its most notable attractions such as Deception Valley, the Sunday and Leopard Pans, Passage Valley and Piper’s Pan.

Makgadikgadi

The Makgadikgadi Pans span 16 000 km² (9 942 square miles) and are the largest salt pans in the world. Remnants of an ancient lake, the pans are interspersed with sandy desert and occasional vegetation. One of Africa’s biggest zebra populations makes this vista of white sand and salt their home.

When rains fall during the wet season, the pans are filled with water and attract large flocks of flamingos, as well as big herds of zebra, springbok and wildebeest, followed closely by predators, making for fantastic game viewing.

Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park is set on the northern fringe of the Makgadikgadi basin and includes Nxai Pan, an ancient lake bed that was once part of the vast Lake Makgadikgadi. At roughly 2 580 square kilometres this incredible destination offers stark contrasts between its dry and wet seasons.

In the rainy season, it is home to the seasonal Zebra Migration, where vast herds (accompanied by a slew of predators) can be seen on open grasslands, amidst the mottled shade of acacia trees.

During the dry season, visitors to the Nxai Pan National Park will be treated to sightings of wildebeest, springbok, impala, gemsbok, hartebeest, giraffe, lion, cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, bat-eared fox, and occasionally elephant and buffalo.

Scenic Helicopter FLights

Scenic helicopter flights over the Delta’s patchwork landscape of islands, plains and lagoons perfectly illustrate its raw and spectacular beauty. The Delta is one of the world’s greatest natural phenomena, featuring a series of both permanent and fleeting waterways and floodplains created when the waters of the Okavango River sink in to the sands of the Kalahari Desert.

With many of the Delta’s most remote areas not reachable in any other way, an aerial perspective is the ideal way to gaze onto the vast Delta and its meandering labyrinth of crystal-clear channels. Keen photographers can choose to have the doors removed from the helicopter, allowing for unrestricted views and photographs of the spectacular panorama stretching below.

Game Drives

Renowned as one of the top wildlife reserves in the world, morning and afternoon game drives explore the game-rich landscape of Chobe National Park. Blessed with a wealth of species, Chobe is home to the largest concentration of elephants on the African continent and a veritable haven for bird enthusiasts.

Or set out in search of the Okavango Delta's rich wildlife, including its semi-aquatic antelopes, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga antelope. Search for the area’s predators, from lion prides to cheetah, leopard and African wild dog. Explore the open woodlands in search of roan and sable antelope or keep an eye out for graceful giraffes and frisky zebras on the floodplains. On the edges of the Delta, where land blurs with water, marvel at breeding herds of elephant as they splash gently through the shallow channels.

Mokoro

Glide through a maze of clear channels and opaque lagoons on traditionally made mokoro boats, once carved out of ancient Delta trees. Discover the Delta, sitting mere centimetres above the water as you silently pass by unsuspecting wildlife. At the heart of the Delta lies a secluded network of waterways and islands where life slows down even further. Encounter grazing herds of elephant and red lechwe on palm islands, while crocodiles and hippos wade nearby under the watchful eye of the elegant African fish eagle. 

Walking Safaris

For those wishing for an intensely personal experience in Botswana, a walking safari offers a unique way of exploring the area. The Bushmen, also known as the San people, are one of the continents oldest inhabitants, with ancestral roots that trace back over 30 000 years. A traditional Bushman leads this exceptional adventure, where you are introduced to various survivalist techniques employed by the San Bushmen for centuries.

Bird Watching

Delight in the call of the African skimmer, photograph the Southern carmine bee-eater or the Narina trogon. Or simply sit back and enjoy their beautiful songs.

Catch & Release

Try your hand at catching a diverse variety of fish in the still waters of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River. Notable fish species include the African pike and the sleek catfish. If you are after the impressive Tiger fish, embrace your adrenalin-fuelled inner angler, and set your rod up, cast into the trembling waters and watch for the lightning quick olive-coloured back and silvery underbelly of your catch. For those seeking a languid adventure, tilapia, bass and bream offer relaxing fishing opportunities.

River Cruises

Recline in comfort on a River cruise, as you sail over the still water of the Chobe River or Okavango Delta. Revel in the breathtaking scenery of a sun drenched sky brushed with myriad pink hues, whilst sipping on decadent cocktails mirroring similar tints. View the Park’s abundant wildlife from an unusual perspective, as they congregate around the river edge. Marvel at the mighty elephant splashing in the shallows, the dramatically horned roan antelopes grazing near the shore and the stealthy lions that rule over the plains.

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